According to The Orange County Register, "Teemu Selanne has reportedly told a Finnish newspaper that he will wait until September to make a final decision on playing with the Ducks in 2011-12."
Selanne is also quoted via that article as saying that it is “fair for all parties” to wait until then to announce his decision. As the article also mentions that the main and perhaps only source of Selanne's apprehension is his recent knee surgery.
The details of that knee surgery have been kept relatively hushed, with only a confirmation that it took place. It is the same knee that Selanne once had reconstructed, but there is no evidence to suggest that has happened again.
If Teemu were to opt for retirement instead of returning for another season, he would do so as one of the NHL's all-time greats. Currently, he has 1,340 regular season points in 1,259 games.
Perhaps known best for his goal scoring ability, Selanne currently sits 14th on the NHL career goal scoring list. His 1992-93 rookie season total of 76 goals remains one of the greatest individual seasons in NHL accomplishments.
Selanne has spent the past six season with Anaheim, and 12 of his 18 career NHL seasons there. It should be expected that Selanne will choose between giving it one more run in Anaheim or calling it a career.
As a certain Hall of Fame inductee upon his eligibility, Selanne likely believes he has earned the right to delay the decision. While it may put the Ducks in a tough spot if he decides to walk away, the belief is likely that is he is physically able to play, he will.
The Ducks also do not want to alienate one of the greatest players ever to play for the franchise. If that means having to wait until September for a decision, then best to so rather than burn a bridge.
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